2016 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2016 Chevrolet Trax

There are plenty of folks in Florence and Cincinnati who are looking to the performance, space, and convenience of a crossover SUV to help them satisfy their daily driving needs. Chevy has two great options in the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox and the 2016 Chevrolet Trax, both of which deliver plenty of power, fuel economy, and features without breaking the bank. It’s important to choose the right vehicle for your specific needs and budget, though, so we’ve done some of the work for you with this comparison of these two high-quality crossover models.

A First Look at Both Crossover SUVs

  • A perennial preference among many compact crossover SUV drivers

  • An available V6 engine provides an extra boost of power when you need it

  • The spacious backseat area is a standout in the segment

  • Quiet cabin with comfortable ride quality

  • This subcompact crossover SUV is in its second year of production

  • Fuel-efficient turbocharged inline-four engine

  • Available all-wheel drive for less money than competitors

  • Easy maneuverability in tight city streets


Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax is fitted with a 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that comes pared to a six-speed automatic transmission. The output is solid for this segment at 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy comes in at an impressive EPA-estimated 34 mpg highway and 26 mpg city with front-wheel drive, while the available all-wheel drive still delivers strong numbers at 31 mpg highway and 24 mpg city. As a small crossover SUV, the Chevy Trax is also easy to maneuver, whether you need to make a tight U-turn, Y-turn, or just navigate tight city streets.

Opt for the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox and start with a base 2.4L four-cylinder engine that comes fitted to a six-speed automatic transmission and makes 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. Front wheel-drive versions come in at an EPA-estimated 32 mpg highway and 22 mpg city, while all-wheel drive versions drop modestly to 29 mpg highway and 20 mpg city. Step up to the 3.6L V6 engine to get 301 hp, 272 lb-ft of torque, and the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds. EPA estimates for the V6 are 24 mpg highway and 17 mpg city with front-wheel drive or 23 mpg highway and 16 mpg city with all-wheel drive.


As a subcompact crossover SUV, the 2016 Chevy Trax is designed to give consumers an efficient and maneuverable mode of transportation with available all-wheel drive. As a smaller car, it still provides seating for up to five passengers. The total passenger volume measures in 111.5 cubic feet, and you can expect 18.7 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seat. Fold down the rear seat, and the cargo area opens up to provide 48.4 cubic feet.

As a larger crossover model, the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox provides more room in the cabin, particularly for rear seat passengers. The total passenger volume on this model is 130.5 cubic feet, and you’ll find a spacious 31.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat. When you put down the split-folding rear seat, you’ll enjoy an abundant total passenger volume of 63.7 cubic feet.


The 2016 Chevrolet Trax is available in three basic trim levels, with a starting MSRP of $20,300 for the base trim to an MSRP of $26,730 for the highest trim level with all-wheel drive. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox comes with four different trim options and an MSRP ranging from $22,600 for the base trim to $34,830 for the fully-loaded highest trim level.

Which Vehicle Best Suits Me?

There are a lot of benefits to both vehicles, but at the end of the day it comes down to which model is the more practical and desirable option for you. The 2016 Chevrolet Trax tends to better suit urban drivers who want an affordable way to enjoy all-wheel drive, the style and feel of an SUV, and the ability to comfortably drive around town without feeling like they’re taking up the whole road in the process. You might go with the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, instead, if you’re hoping to comfortably seat more adult passengers or tackle bigger excursions with the available V6 power.

Make a Stop at Tom Gill Chevy to Test Drive Both Models

Before deciding which crossover SUV is right for you, we invite you to step inside both of these models and take them for a spin at Tom Gill Chevrolet. Our dealership is just a short drive from Cincinnati at 7830 Commerce Dr. in Florence, KY. If our sales or finance teams can be of any assistance, or if you’d like to set up a showing, feel free to contact us at your convenience!